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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 277 ..

(a) a reference in a law of the Territory (including this Act) to the Childrens Court Magistrate includes a reference to that person; and

(b) that person has the powers, functions and duties conferred or imposed upon the Childrens Court Magistrate by this Act or by any other law of the Territory.'.".

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of Bill, by leave, taken as a whole, and agreed to.

Question proposed:

That this Bill, as amended, be agreed to.

MR OSBORNE: I seek leave to speak.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, obviously the Government is a little bit concerned about the haste with which this legislation is going through. I do not want to harp on it for too long, because Mr Hird is not here to defend himself, but I was very disappointed with the way that Mr Hird handled this report. I think we had a consensus report, then Mr Hird changed his mind completely and it was quite clear that he was following directions. The crocodile tears in relation to this issue do not carry much weight with other members of the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Fire Services

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer) (6.21): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

I want to add to an answer I gave Mr Rugendyke at question time this afternoon when he asked about the budget for emergency services for 1998-99. The executive director of the Emergency Services Bureau has advised me that the Fire Brigade does not have, per se, its own budget any longer. The bureau's budget is broken down into outputs which cross traditional service boundaries. For example, prevention and mitigation is an output which includes activity undertaken by the ACT Fire Brigade, the Rural Fire Service, the ACT Emergency Service and the ACT Ambulance Service. Some areas such as communications and workshop services undertake functions and are paid for outputs for more than one service.

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